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Brianna L.

KRAFT

university of illinois | urbana - champaign school of architecture bachelor of science in architectural studies 2007-2011


ARCHITECTURE portfolio -- Understand the grid. Break the grid.


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design + sketches + photos “The grid defines a new balance between control and decontrol in which the city can be at the same time ordered and fluid, a metropolis of rigid chaos.� -- Rem Koolhaus

1 dome zone 01

4perforate 23

2catch + release 07

5travel media 33

3sensorium 17


1DOME zone site: manhattan, ny third year studio architecture & the landscape fall 2009 | university of illinois professor roger hubeli partner: adrienne mcbride

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1DOME zone

Buckminster Fuller - Dome Over Manhattan 1960

Overall site plan of Dome Zone - latticework surrounds base of Dome over Manhattan

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The Dome Over Manhattan was a theoretical utopian project in the 1960's by R. Buckminster Fuller that attempted to solve the city's energy consumption problems by placing a 2 mile in diameter geodesic dome over central Manhattan. We were asked to formulate our own interpretation of Fuller’s Dome Over Manhattan project. Our final solution was make the base of Fuller's dome sixty feet thick to incorporate a latticework of triangular structural elements. The latticework was determined by a geometric grid. This structural latticework would house three suspended programmatic pods for communal use, including a skate park, a ballroom, and a continuous walking track that runs around the entire dome. There would be many different programmatic pods located all around the base of the dome, but we simply designed the pods specific to the area adjacent from Madison Square Park, near Broadway Avenue and East 23rd Street.


manhattan, ny 路 third year studio

Localized site plan near Madison Square Park at Intersection of E 23rd St & Broadway Ave

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DOME zone

Model 1/32” = 1’-0” chipboard & nylon

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Floor Plan


manhattan, ny 路 third year studio

Longitudinal Section

Transverse Section

Overall Plan

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2 +release

CATCH


site: zurich, switzerland third year studio architecture & the city spring 2010 university of illinois professor julie larsen


zurich, switzerland 路 third year studio

Catch and Release is an Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque located in Zurich, Switzerland, which is a city where Muslims are a definite minority. In November 2009, the people of Switzerland voted to prohibit the construction of new minaret towers on mosques. In order to retain the integrity of the religious symbolism of the minaret and to please the Swiss people by not constructing a new minaret, I implemented methods of mirage to blend the minaret into the fa莽ade of Catch and Release. The minaret essentially becomes an elevator that transports users of the building to the sixth level, where the mosque prayer hall is located. Even though in Switzerland the minaret is not used to call Muslims to prayer like in many traditional mosques around the world, it is still a symbolic element of a mosque which I felt should be retained. Aside from the Mosque, the Islamic Cultural Center also houses programs such as a lecture hall, student lounges, classrooms, offices, a library, a cafeteria, merchandise kiosks, exhibition space, and a rooftop garden. Catch and Release provides a calm space of refuge for daily gatherings, shopping, prayer, and meditation for Muslims, non-Muslims, and the people of Switzerland alike. The coming together of Muslims and non-Muslims begins to blur the strict line that has been drawn in Switzerland between the two cultures.

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Top: Charcoal conceptual form and space drawing Middle: Rockite conceptual form and space model Bottom: Polyurethane rubber and string conceptual form and space model


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Site Plan

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CATCH +release

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CATCH+release

Site Photo - Google

Site Photo - Google

Floor Plan Level 1

Level 2

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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Lecture Hall Bazaar Shops Lobby Circulation/Exhibition Space Minaret (Elevator)

Level 3

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Student Lounge Classrooms Offices Circulation/Exhibition Space Minaret (Elevator)

1. 2. 4. 5.

Bazaar Shops Seating/Communal Area Circulation/Exhibition Space Minaret (Elevator)


zurich, switzerland 路 third year studio

Level 5

Level 4

1. 2. 4. 5.

Library Circulation Desk Circulation/Exhibition Space Minaret (Elevator)

Level 6

1. 2. 4. 5.

Cafeteria Kitchen Circulation/Exhibition Space Minaret (Elevator)

1. 2. 3. 5.

Reading Rooms Washing Rooms Mosque/Prayer Hall Minaret (Elevator)

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CATCH+release

Interior Perspective Exhibition Space Bazaars

Level 7

1.Upper Part of Mosque 5. Minaret (Elevator)

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Circulation/ Exhibition

Level 8

1.Rooftop Garden/Seating 5. Minaret (Elevator)


zurich, switzerland 路 third year studio

Facade Detail 1. 2. 3. 4.

Prayer Hall Private Room Niche open to main space Minaret Solid (Wall) Void (Window)

West Elevation

Section

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zurich, switzerland · third year studio

The overall form of the Cultural Center is determined by a geometric, rectilinear grid. In order to blend into its surroundings, the exterior of Catch and Release maintains a grid-like pattern, similar to the surrounding buildings on the site. The grid pattern of Catch and Release consists of protruding cubes that create inhabitable niches on the interior for activities such as reading, praying, and eating. The cubes on the first and third floors are inhabited by small sales kiosks selling things such as produce, coffee, newspapers, magazines, and tram tickets. These small shops draw the people of Switzerland, both Muslim and non-Muslim, to the Cultural Center for their everyday needs and create a diverse and energetic market environment, similar to the Turkish Grand Bazaar at a smaller scale. At other moments on the façade of Catch and Release, several cubes are doubled together and slightly skewed, breaking the regularity of the grid. The skewed cubes reflect the diagonal, intertwining, circulation path on the interior of the building which in several moments slice through the strict rectilinear grid. The crisscrossing circulation path creates an open and interesting space for users to pass through the building. The intertwining circulation path is derived from the crisscrossing streets of the surrounding site. The entrance to the building is through the tight spaces between the cubes in order to draw people into the building or to “catch” them. The circulation path doubles as exhibition space for artists to display their work and also provides the “release” upon entrance to the building.

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CATCH+release

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Interior Perspective Mosque/Prayer Hall

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SENSORIUM site: urbana, il third year studio architecture & the landscape fall 2009 | university of illinois professor roger hubeli partner: adrienne mcbride

Axon

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urbana, il 路 third year studio

The Lincoln Square Mall in downtown Urbana has become a run down and scarcely populated shopping location. The objective for Sensorium was to revitalize the mall by implementing a children's museum where children would learn about the world through tactile and sensory experiences. The Sensorium is located on top of the north entrance to the Lincoln Mall and is supported by several columns. Sensorium protrudes into the mall so that mall go-ers can see activities in the museum from inside the mall. The overall form of the Sensorium was determined by a geometric grid The museum exhibition space consists of seven rectilinear spaces, each designated to parts of the world including the desert, the jungle, the ocean,the planets, the mountains, the arctic, and the prairie. The seven rectangular spaces are shifted up and down and back and forth to create and undulating form. When parents drop off their kids at the museum, they could then shop at the mall, increasing revenue and revitalizing historic downtown Urbana.

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sensorium

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Broadway Ave

Elm Street

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Site Plan - Lincoln Square Mall

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urbana, il 路 third year studio

Ocean

Prairie

Desert

Floor Plan Jungle

Planets

Arctic

Mountains

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sensorium

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Sectional Model : 1/8” = 1’- 0” Chipboard

[Longitudinal Section]

Longitudinal Section

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PERFORATE champaign

Rendering - West


site: champaign, il fourth year studio architectural design & development fall 2010 | university of illinois professor kennedy hutson

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PERFORATE champaign Downtown Community

Park/Residential Community

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Residential Community

Campus Community

After sufficient research, I determined that the community of Downtown Champaign is perforated. It has holes and voids, it is lacking proper community gathering space, and it is lacking space for its artisan population. My overall goal for the project was to create a building that was entirely accessible and sustainable, to create a “destination” for the community, and to aesthetically blend the historic architecture of Downtown Champaign with today’s modern styles of architecture. My solution for designing this community center in the heart of Champaign was to attempt to fill those gaps and voids with the multifarious program that the community is lacking, including a performance space, a gallery, a café, ample outdoor seating, a gymnasium, several classrooms and meeting rooms, lounge areas, and reading spaces.

Rendering - South


champaign, il 路 fourth year studio

Site Plan

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Exterior Perspective of Building on Site

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PERFORATE champaign

Conceptually, I took the idea of perforation and used it in many ways, creating a vocabulary between solid and void, to engage the user with the space. The form of the building was determined by a simple geometric grid of squares, which created a cuboid form overall. The main circulation spines create moments where the grid is sliced through. The exterior materials consist of precast concrete and aluminum panels. The main source of light comes from the four glazed circulation spines cutting through the building, which culminate in the center of the building in a large, open, atrium. The perforation of the building creates unique views outward, a glazed faรงade to let in ample light, exploratory passage throughout the building, wide open spaces, and transparent planes that work together to create a beautiful space for residents of the community to come together. With the introduction of the Champaign Community Center, the downtown community will no longer be perforated, but instead, the building will represent the voids and gaps the community is no longer missing.

South Elevation


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Second Level Plan

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First Level Plan

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Basement Floor Plan

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North Elevation


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PERFORATE champaign

Interior Wall Section

Structure Diagram

Transverse Section

West Elevation

East Elevation


Performance Space Interior Perspective

Transverse Sectional Perspective Longitudinal Section

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Atrium Interior Perspective

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travel sketches & photos

The following sketches and photographs are representation of my study abroad trip to China for six weeks during the summer of 2010. We spent four political days in Beijing, China’s “north” capital, three noodle days in Datong, a mid-sized city near Beijing known for its delicious noodles, seven spiritual days in Wutai Shan, a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the mountains, and four architectural weeks in Shanghai, the largest city in China. While in Shanghai we studied at Tongji University. We visited sites such as the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square , the Forbidden City, the CCTV tower, Olympic Park, the Hutong District, Lilong Housing, many temples, the Shanghai World Financial Center, Jinmao, The Bund, Nanjing Road, the Peace Hotel, People’s Square, the 2010 World Expo, Suzhou, the Hanging Temple, and much more. I feel as though my travel experience has opened my eyes to the cultures of the world and the opportunities I was able to experience on this trip are more than others get in a lifetime.

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Top: Post Office in Wutai Shan Middle: Shoes Hung out to Dry in Suzhou Bottom: Paintbrushes in Shanghai on Fuzhou Road Sketch: Great Wall of China


Top: Curtain Wall, Beijing Opera House Middle: Temple, North Mountain Peak in Wutai Shan Bottom: Oriental Pearl TV Tower in Shanghai Sketch: Suzhou Gardens

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Brianna L.

KRAFT EDUCATION

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (BSAS) May 2011 GPA: 3.68/4.0 Tongji University Shanghai, China Study Abroad Program 05/20/2010 - 06/29/2010

WORK EXPERIENCE America Reads/America Counts Urbana Middle School Urbana, IL 01/2008 - Present Position: Tutor Larson & Darby Group Architects Rockford, IL 09/2009 - 05/2010 Position: Job Shadow

ACTIVITIES American Institute of Architecture Students [AIAS] Member: 09/2009 – Present Position: Secretary 2010-11(UIUC) Society of Architectural Historians Member: 09/2009 – Present Position: Secretary 2010-11(UIUC) AIAS Mentor Program 09/2010 – Present Women in Architecture 01/2010 – Present Freedom by Design [Accessibility] 09/2009 – 05/2010 Global Architecture Brigades 09/2009 – 05/2010 Edible Design Competition Fall 2009 & 2010 Flash Mob Architectural Critique of Accessibility in the City (see link)Plan [B]lue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vUdizAdUIQ

AWARDS

Little Cubs Field & Freeport Convention & Visitors Bureau Freeport, IL 05/2009 - 08/2009 Position: Cashier/Receptionist

Edward C. Earl Prize Nominee (For Design Excellence) Spring 2010 William B. Bauhs Memorial Travel Award Spring 2010

Lily Pad Gardens & Nursery Lena, IL 05/2008 - 08/2008 Position: Gardener

Rockford Community Foundation Award 2009 & 2010

The Charlton Group Monroe, WI 04/2006 - 08/2007 Position: Telemarketer Dave Busch Photography Lena, IL 08/2003 - 08/2006 Position: Secretary

Illinois Club Make-a-Difference Award February 2010 American Business Women’s Association Award 2009 Dean’s List UIUC Spring 2008 & Spring 2010

SOFTWARE Adobe Design Suite CS4 (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) Autodesk (AutoCAD/Architecture 2009 & 2010, Revit 2009) Google Sketch Up Microsoft Office 2007 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

e-mail: blkraft2@illinois.edu cell: 815.541.7404 address: 111 E Provost Street, Lena IL 61048


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